Health

First Cancer Case Related to Fukushima Diagnosed in Japan

Japan has confirmed that a worker from the Fukushima nuclear plant, which went into meltdown in 2011, is suffering from cancer and is entitled to workplace compensation, AFPreported. A Japanese health ministry official confirmed on Tuesday that the unnamed man in his 40s, who worked at the plant as part of a clean-up operation following

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Infants Experience Touch Differently Than Adults

Experts in early childhood development often tell parents to engage with a newborn through gentle touch and play. Studies find physical interaction with adults facilitates neurodevelopment, and the opposite may cause developmental delays. But it turns out that babies may not experience this type of bonding quite as we were led to believe. New research

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Photos: Clinical Racism in The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Historically, African-Americans, Native Americans and other minorities have been excluded from clinical trials that seek to uncover risk factors for disease and offer life-saving new treatments. The infamous federally funded Tuskegee syphilis experiment—shut down in 1972—denied treatment to hundreds of African-American men suffering from the disease. The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was conducted by government-funded researchers from the Tuskegee

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The Racial Discrimination Embedded in Modern Medicine

Minutes separated Are’Yana Hill from death as she struggled to breathe in the hallway of her San Francisco high school. The 18-year-old had lived with asthma attacks since before she could talk, and on that day, in April 2014, she could not speak. She thrust the rescue inhaler she carried in her backpack between her

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Your Desk Job is Killing You: Kidney Disease Edition

We already know that sitting is killing us. People with sedentary lifestyles have been found to have a higher risk of cancer, are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease and are 90 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than their less sedentary counterparts. Now we can add kidney disease to the list of

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Poll: Majority of Americans Think Weed Should be Legal

A new poll conducted by Gallup found 58 percent of Americans think marijuana should be made legal, up 40 percent from a 1969 survey. Support for legalizing cannabis use has been steadily growing over the past decades, and is now a topic for discussion in the 2016 presidential race. During the first Democratic debate, Bernie

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Marijuana Use—and Abuse—in the U.S. Has Doubled in the Past Decade

Changing laws and attitudes surrounding medical and recreational marijuana use have made the drug more accessible. Currently, 23 states in the U.S. permit cannabis for medical purposes, and four of those states have decriminalized the drug for recreational use. As a result, more people are using marijuana, and according to a new study this may

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Food Security Body Warns of Famine in South Sudan

South Sudan faces the “concrete risk” of famine by the end of 2015 and 30,000 people are already classified as being in a food security catastrophe, a statement from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) said on Thursday. The IPC, whose members include the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme,

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